Dancing with the rams

Students learn ballroom etiquette and skills

By Eunice Tibay
On October 12, 2017

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Joy Pinchback and Tyler Wilson don’t let a few mess ups ruin their good time.

A new dance club allows inexperienced dancers to learn the art of dance in a relaxed and friendly environment

"My goal is teach people, who do not know how to dance, how to dance," Andrew Russell, club founder, said.

Russell formed the Social Ballroom Dance Club in the spring of 2017 to encourage social dancing and to teach other dances like tango, two-step and foxtrot.

Social dancing’s purpose is to socialize rather than dancing to meet the expectations of an audience or academy.

"I think social dancing is very important because I feel like it’s almost a lost culture–a lost thing nowadays that people just don’t know how to dance and I really want to help bring it back," Tapainga Wells, freshman, said.

Experienced dancers also have the chance to be taught skills that are more advanced and varied.

"This semester and this year, we’re only going to have a performance group," Russell said.

This performance group plans on competing in the school’s talent show, hosted in the spring semester, or host a formal dance on campus.

The club emphasizes the importance that everyone should try learning social dance and also allows students to participate in a different activity.

"It’s important for everyone to know social dances because it’s such a big part of our culture, especially in bigger cities," Russell said, "So it’s good to be able to go out and socialize with people and dance and to go out and meet new people without just partying."

The SBDC is open to all ASU students, faculty and staff regardless of dancing experience. The club meets every Friday at 6:15 p.m. in Center for Human Performance Room 202.

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